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Military widow Karen Morgan makes case against Defense of Marriage Act

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Military widow Karen Morgan makes case against Defense of Marriage Act (via Raw Story )

Thursday night on Current TV’s “Viewpoint,” host John Fugelsang welcomed Karen Morgan, widow of U.S. Army veteran Charlie Morgan, who died of breast cancer. Karen Morgan, who married Charlie in Vermont in a civil union in 2000, is being denied spousal benefits under the Defense of Marriage Act…


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Republican Massachusetts Senate candidate: Ed Markey is ‘pond scum’

Republican Massachusetts Senate candidate: Ed Markey is ‘pond scum’ (via Raw Story )

Republican Massachusetts Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez is lashing out at his opponent, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), for being “pond scum” after the Democratic candidate released an ad attacking him for criticizing President Barack Obama’s handling of the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death. “You…


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Brutal video shows London beheaders getting shot by police

Brutal video shows London beheaders getting shot by police (via Raw Story )

U.K. newspaper The Daily Mirror has released exclusive, gripping video of the moment police gunned down the two men who murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, 25, in the south London district of Woolwich on Wednesday. Apparently, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, had planned…


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Climate activist tells Moyers: ‘We want Walmart to be subservient to human interests’

Climate activist tells Moyers: ‘We want Walmart to be subservient to human interests’ (via Raw Story )

An activist whose two-year prison sentence is the focus of a new documentary outlined the difference between “climate justice” and environmentalism for Bill Moyers on Friday. “We don’t want Walmart to be a greener, corporate citizen,” Tim DeChristopher said on Moyers & Company. “We want…


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What's Next for the U.S. Drone Campaign as Obama Tries to End a Decade of War?

What's Next for the U.S. Drone Campaign as Obama Tries to End a Decade of War? (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: For more than 1,000 Midshipmen at the Naval Academy, this was commencement day. For the president, it was also a chance to address key military and national security issues in his graduation speech at Annapolis. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The superintendent told me that Marines and folks…


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Obama tells Navy grads: Sexual assault has ‘no place’ in U.S. military

Obama tells Navy grads: Sexual assault has ‘no place’ in U.S. military (via Raw Story )

President Barack Obama addressed the rash of sexual assault criminal cases against U.S. military servicemembers on Friday, exhorting the graduating class at the Naval Academy to do better. “Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that…


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London attacker: Muslim convert from Nigerian Christian family

London attacker: Muslim convert from Nigerian Christian family (via AFP)

When Michael Adebolajo was filmed clutching the bloodied knives he apparently used to butcher a soldier, Britons were chilled by the strong London accent in which he spoke of his Islamist motives. How could one of their own have become so radicalised? A picture is slowly emerging of the 28-year-old…


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Humanist groups raise tens of thousands for atheist tornado survivor

Humanist groups raise tens of thousands for atheist tornado survivor (via Raw Story )

Humanist groups and atheists across the U.S. have banded together to help a fellow atheist who survived the massive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week. Rebecca Vitsmun was being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer of CNN on Tuesday when the “Situation Room” anchor said, “I guess, you…


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Hitler's shadow looms over anniversary of VW hometown

Hitler's shadow looms over anniversary of VW hometown (via AFP)

Europe's number one carmaker Volkswagen is not keen on celebrating the 75th birthday of its German hometown of Wolfsburg on Sunday because of the long shadow cast by Adolf Hitler there. "It was all just a bit of Nazi propaganda," a spokesman for the carmaker said, referring to the festivities 75 years…


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Bryan "Think More About Gay Sex Than Gay Men" Fischer: Boy Scouts are now ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Bryan Fischer: Boy Scouts are now ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’ (via Raw Story )

Fundamentalist radio host Bryan Fischer lashed out at the Boy Scouts of America on Friday for its decision to accept gay members. “We might as well rename this organization,” Fischer said on his radio show. “BSA no longer stands for the Boy Scouts of America. It now stands for the Boy Sodomizers…


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Openly gay Rogers returning to MLS

Openly gay Rogers returning to MLS: report (via AFP)

Former US midfielder Robbie Rogers has reportedly agreed terms with the Los Angeles Galaxy on a deal that would make him the first openly gay player competing in Major League Soccer. USA Today reported the deal on Friday, citing "two people familiar with the negotiations". Rogers had revealed his sexual…


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Maddow chides Virginia GOP’s hand-picked ‘slow-motion disaster’

Maddow chides Virginia GOP’s hand-picked ‘slow-motion disaster’ (via Raw Story )

Rachel Maddow examined what she described as a spectacle on Friday behind the three candidates picked by Virginia Republicans through an unusual set of circumstances. “Heading into the November election, Virginia Republicans may look like a slow-motion disaster,” Maddow said. “But Virginia Republicans…


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How hackers could annihilate US utilities and unleash havoc on infrastructure

How hackers could annihilate US utilities and unleash havoc on infrastructure (via GlobalPost)

A cyber war attack on a city’s critical infrastructure could be devastating, and surprisingly easy to launch. Jeb Boone ATLANTA, Georgia — It’s a new breed of warfare, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It can threaten a nation’s core security, cause mass casualties and weaken…


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Abercrombie & Fitch: What's wrong with selling just to 'cool people'?

Abercrombie & Fitch: What's wrong with selling just to 'cool people'? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Pedestrians walk pass a giant display of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad in May 2005, in New York City. Critics say that the company's marketing is creating damaging images for teenagers. (Kiichiro Sato/AP/File) Abercrombie & Fitch, one of the top sellers of young adult clothing…


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Defying naysayers on all sides, Kerry keeps pushing Israelis, Palestinians to table

Defying naysayers on all sides, Kerry keeps pushing Israelis, Palestinians to table (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Secretary of State John Kerry (l.) meets with Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Thursday. Kerry made his fourth visit to the Middle East in hopes to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.(Jim Young/AP) John Kerry made his fourth visit to the Middle…


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A fighting president is the best antidote to GOP hyperventilating on ‘scandals’

A fighting president is the best antidote to GOP hyperventilating on ‘scandals’ (via GlobalPost)

Commentary: Amid IRS controversy, Congress should challenge Obama to join in revising the tax code. Mac Deford OWL’S HEAD, Maine — The American public is often pilloried for being out of touch, unaware or even uninterested in the inner workings of our democracy. A recent poll had something…


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Scientists: Frog and toad declines signal of ‘collapse of the world’s ecosystems’

Scientists: Frog and toad declines signal of ‘collapse of the world’s ecosystems’ (via Raw Story )

A study released Wednesday said that North American frogs, toads and other amphibious animals are disappearing so quickly that they are on track to be extinct from their natural habitats by 2033. According to the Denver Post, the study — which was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey — said…


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